Implats says mediator allows Amcu to strike

2013-10-25 10:12

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said it will canvass its members on Monday at Impala Platinum on whether to go on strike after wage talks failed.

A government mediator yesterday granted the union permission to call a strike against Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), the world’s second-largest producer of the precious metal.

“We will first have to consult with our members to check what route they want to take,” Amcu national treasurer Jimmy Gama told Reuters today.

“If they say they want to go on strike, we will serve the employer with the notice.”

Implats said it had offered its lowest-paid workers increases of at least 8% for 2014 and then annual raises of 7% for the following two years.

South Africa’s inflation rate is currently 6%.

Known for its uncompromising stance in negotiations, Amcu has been pushing for a more than doubling of the minimum basic pay for entry-level miners to R12 500 a month under the populist battle cry of a “living wage”.

On Wednesday, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said he expected to reach a similar impasse this week with Anglo American Platinum, the world top platinum producer.

The union had also rejected increases of up to 8% from gold producers, which were accepted by its rival, the National Union of Mineworkers.

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